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Blue Fire (Healing Wars #2)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  1,679 ratings  ·  131 reviews
Part fugitive, part hero, fifteen-year-old Nya is barely staying ahead of the Duke of Baseer's trackers. Wanted for a crime she didn't mean to commit, she risks capture to protect every Taker she can find, determined to prevent the Duke from using them in his fiendish experiments. But resolve isn't enough to protect any of them, and Nya soon realizes that the only way to k ...more
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Published October 5th 2010 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published October 1st 2010)
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Anita Truong
2.5 Stars... again.

I'm not quite sure much happens in this book that didn't already happen in the first book. Evil people are doing evil things, there's a war raging, there are riots, the world is in shambles, and it's up to Nya to save the day... again. It bugs me a bit still that the people in this book are so black-and-white and one-dimensional. If you're bad, you're bad; if you're good, you're good.

And Nya seems to be the only one with a gray-area-of-morality compass that keeps getting quest
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Mati
Blue Fire is the second installment in the Healing Wars books. While I really enjoyed the first book, The Shifter, I will admit Blue Fire left a little to be desired.

Nya's powers have continued to develop since book one, and she is struggling as she tries to use her new abilities in the right way. But things don't really go as planned with the Duke and his people continually hunting her and other Takers.

What I had trouble with in this book was the distance I felt with the minor characters in t
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First Novels Club
Janice Hardy's BLUE FIRE is book two in The Healing Wars trilogy, and man, this book escaped MNS with a capital E. Do yourself a favor -- don't read this book before going to sleep. I made that mistake, and I was lying awake for nearly an hour -- after all that action, I couldn't relax!

Basically, it’s nonstop awesome.

If you didn’t read the first book, THE SHIFTER, let me set it up this way – pretend you’re reading a prequel to THE HUNGER GAMES and District 13 has just been blown to smithereens,
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Chris
It was great!
After my enthusiasm for The Shifter was unshared by my family, I got worried that I wouldn't be impressed with the sequel; now that the magic system was less novel, maybe I would realize that the rest of the book wasn't as fun as I thought. I shouldn't have worried.

Though the magic is still a strong selling point, there were many other things that I like in Blue Fire. Topping the list is humor. The whole story is told with a wry and endearingly understated wit. It is easy to share
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Joan Stradling for TeensReadToo.com

Nya is on the run from the Duke of Baseer's trackers for a crime she didn't intend to commit.

The Duke is using Healers to make an unstoppable army, and Nya is determined to stop him. But with trackers after her, it isn't easy to hide, and Nya finds herself trapped in a place she never wanted to be and having to trust people she isn't sure she should.

Nya's adventures in BLUE FIRE were even more thrilling than they were in THE SHIFTER. THE HEALING WAR
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Deb
10 STARS. I am absolutely in love with this series. Better than Percy Jackson. Even with Harry Potter & Charlie Bone, as far as I am concerned. I don't give you a run down on the book. You can do that for yourself. I just tell you what I like and what I don't. What I don't: I can't find book 3 in paperback. Book 3 is the end of the series. These are major don't likes. What I do like: Every single word in the first two books. The main character, Nya, is very young, but must grow up very fast. ...more
jo mo
Lost interest and dropped it. I might read it later.
But for now... No chance. No way.
This is where our ways part for the time being.

Au Revoir.
Becky
I really enjoyed book 1 'The Pain Merchants' and couldn't wait to read book 2. I sat down this morning to start this one and had finished it in about 3 hours.
Nya is still being hunted after the events of book 1, but she isn't taking it lying down, running an undercover operation to rescue apprentices from the Duke and his evil experiments with magic, she is working from the shadows.
Danello has a bigger part in this book and I was glad for it, he is a solid presence in Nya's life, strong, confid
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Mery
Jun 04, 2012 Mery rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: gift, punya
uhuu keren.

Setelah kejadian di Healers League, Nya jadi pahlawan. Penduduk Geveg berterima kasih karena stok pynvium yang menipis terungkap. Sayangnya, ga semua bersikap begitu. Sang Duke menyebarkan pengumuman bahwa Nya adalah buronan dan harus segera ditangkap, yang berhasil menangkap Nya akan dapat 5000 opa. Tapi semua orang tahu bukan karena tuduhan itulah Sang Duke kepingin dapatin Nya. Semua karena kemampuan yang Nya punya.

Selain bisa shifting rasa sakit, Nya juga punya immune terhadap sor
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Bird
This book struggles with something that I've found most middle books in a trilogy do: pacing. The first and third books are usually full of action and excitement, with the second book feeling more like a filler or placeholder story. For most of the time I was reading this, that's what I felt like - it was the book whose sole purpose was to bridge the other two books.

That said, it did pick up in the last 1/3 of the book and it was still an enjoyable read even during the slow parts. The world was
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Amelia
Originally posted on The Authoress: Book Review and More.


I liked this second installment, even if the writing gave me a little bit of trouble.

Janice Hardy seen through the eyes of her awesome blog, The Other Side of the Story, is a master at her craft. The reason I picked up her series was because I was so impressed with her writing advice. However, when I read Blue Fire, I found myself distracted by her writing. Perhaps my expectations were lifted a little higher in light of her blogging prowes
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Traci
I actually think the book deserves a 3 1/2 star rating. I had a hard time remembering the first books details. I basically remembered the jist of the story but for some reasons much of the detail was really difficult for me to recall especially when my husband asked me to tell him about the series. There is one things I cannot remember for the life of me...Aylin. I know through this book that she is Nya's best friend but I don't remember and details of her before this book began and that was ver ...more
Angela Wallace
Fifteen-year-old Nya is able to draw pain out of people. Unlike most with this ability, she is unable to put it into the pain absorbing metal, pynvium. What she can do is shift that pain into other people, making her a wanted fugitive from the Duke. Nya knows the Duke is responsible for horrible experiments on her people in Geveg and she wants to stop him. But she and her friends are in hiding after exposing the horrible secret of the Healing League, working in the shadows to find and rescue the ...more
Tabitha Olson
I read The Shifter earlier this year and loved it. Nya is my favorite kind of character: a spunky, proactive, reluctant hero. She doesn’t want attention or kudos, or even to be noticed, really. But when someone is in danger, she steps up without even thinking twice. I love her.

Blue Fire picks up almost right where The Shifter leaves off. And, it packs just as much of a punch as the first book. Lots of action, great characters, and interesting twists. It explores some great themes of preconceptio
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Hafsah Laziaf
*This review was written by my 12 year old brother*

The second book in the Healing Wars Trilogy was just as I expected it would be, filled with non-stop action. All-in-all it was a good read and I couldn't put in down. I finished it in almost an hour! Usually it's the male authors who make their books gory and filled with violence, but Jane Hardy is the biggest exception I have ever seen. There is fighting on almost every page, and mix that up with the characters Ms. Hardy has created and you've
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Jo
Blue Fire is the second book in Janice Hardy's Healing Wars trilogy. I really enjoyed the first book, and expected to enjoy this one just as much.

This book somehow manages to pack in a heap more action, as well as a lot of inner turmoil in regards to whether it's right to use healing as a weapon, and whether Nya should feel guilty about the people she's killed.

I really liked the aspect. War is hard, and not just on a physical level. Soldiers in the real world have to go through extensive traini
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Emma
Beoordeling:
1. Cover 4/5
De covers van deze serie vond ik op eerste gezicht niet mooi. Dit is puur persoonlijk omdat ik geen fan ben van het 'neppe'. Maar wanneer je elk boek leest begin je de cover enorm te waarderen, ze sluiten zo goed aan! Echt heel knap gedaan! Je hebt ook nieuwe covers, deze zijn meer mijn stijl maar ik twijfel nog een beetje of ze nou ook zo mooi aansluiten.
2. Verhaal 4/5
Zoals ik al eerder aangaf is het een meeslepend verhaal. Het grijpt je en laat je niet los tot je weet
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Kathleen Houlihan
An enjoyable addition to a unique fantasy series where the magicians are healers, who make use of a rare metal, pynvium, to store the pain they draw off those who are in pain. In book 2, Nya and her friends are trying to rescue the healers who are at risk from the evil Duke, who wants to use them for a dark purpose (which we do discover in this book). Nya herself is at the gravest risk, since she has an unusual ability that makes her of particular interest to the Duke -- she can pass pain from o ...more
Elizabeth Briggs
Blue Fire by Janice Hardy is the second book in the Healing Wars trilogy, which started with The Shifter. The Healing Wars trilogy is fantasy on the border between MG and YA and would be enjoyed by both audiences (and adults too!).

In the first book the main character Nya lives in a tropical city that was defeated in a war, forcing them under the rule of the Duke of another land. Nya and her sister lost their parents in the war, and now her sister has joined the Healer's League, so Nya has to sur
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Kellie Sheridan
Review originally posted at ReaWrite.com

Don’t you just love when the second book in a series is even better than the first?! Always a very welcome surprise. Once again, we’re brought into a world with a very complicated kind of healing magic that manages to suck you right in. The main character Nya never gets a break in book two, and proves herself to be even more loyal to her friends and family then before.

For that and just her general vibe I really like Nya. She’s a character you really root f
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Az
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Lindsey
I was really pleased with this sequel. It brings us deeper into the world and the unique fantasy elements that have been created. We get a further glimpse into the recent history of how the Duke came to power, why people are manipulated the way that they are in order to do the terrible things that they do, and that the fight is a full-scale war across the territories, not just in Nya’s own back yard.

Nya is fun as a character and although sometimes it’s hard to believe that she’s able to survive
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Mahesh Subramaniam
Blue Fire was another incredible book by Janice Hardy. Everything from the world building to characters to writing was amazing. What I really loved about this book was you have absolutely no idea what will happen next, so you only open the book and hold on tight for the ride.

Blue Fire begins shortly after the ending of Pain merchants, Nya and the gang continue their quest to rescue the takers who’ve fallen victim to the duke’s cruel experiments. But as the guards lock down Nya and her friends s
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Mel
This series continues to amaze me. I love how realistic the dilemmas are for Nya. We can really see her struggles with guilt, choosing the lesser of two evils, and even struggling not to become just like her enemies. Nya is a strong, independent young woman who finds herself thrust into a leadership role simply because she is a natural leader. It is a nice change from the fantasy trope of being a prophesied leader or savior, she earns the respect of those around her purely on her own merit. Her ...more
Sori Fant
I absolutely loved The Shifter but this second book was very disappointing.
The plot was exactly the same as the last book other then the scenery changed a little bit.
None of the characters had any new developments.
I love how many characters she puts in books (Not focusing on just a few main ones)but that makes it hard to remember some of them. I read the second book right after the first but I still had a hard time remembering some of them that hadn't made an appearance for a while and th
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Charity Bradford
*Deep Sigh* Janice said this book was hard for her to get right. Well, she must have worked her butt off, because she nailed it.

Six months have passed since the events at the end of The Shifter and we are thrown right into the action from the beginning. And it doesn't let up. The best thing is that Janice flows from one event to the next seamlessly. Her characters stay true to who they are, but they've also grown stronger from their experiences.

It's hard to say much without giving too much awa
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Jo Oehrlein
Hard choices -- is it okay to kill if people are trying to kill you? If I can only save 1 person and 2 need me, who should I save? There's a lot of pressure on a fairly young girl. She's definitely leaning on Danello, but I don't feel like there's much done with that romance. Maybe they're too young? Maybe there's too much going on?

Cheers to Aylin for making the hardest decision of it all.

Too much identifying people as being in a family by what they look like.

Jeatar saves the day so many times,
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Shazza Maddog
This is the second installation of Hardy's The Healing Wars series. Nya and her friends are back, on the run from the Duke's trackers, who want Nya for her unusual healing abilities. The only way to escape them is to take the fight to Baseer - the capital city and home of the Duke.

The problem is, walking into the lion's den means that the trackers are able to find Nya easier, and they manage to capture Tali, Nya's baby sister, and Danello's siblings are taken as well by a tracker known as Vyand
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Angelic Zaizai

Uiiih... fantasi yang seruuu, meski jujur lebih suka buku pertama, karena Nya
lebih hebat, ga ketangkap bolak-balik hahahaha
di sini tetep hebat sih, tapi banyak temen dia di sini

jadi ceritanya Nya ditangkap dibawa ke Baseeri, trus semua temen nyusul
ketangkap juga, termasuk Tali
Nya meloloskan diri dan berjuang buat ngebebasin teman, yang kemudian berhasil,
tapi Tali entah di mana
dimulailah kenekatan Nya demi sang adik


haduh, bacanya capeee, berasa ikut lari-lari mulu sama Nya, apalagi pas manjat
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Natalie
Blue fire was a little bit more interesting than "The Shifter." The plot has more of a climax and the wasn't as confusing to figure out. It still wasn't that entertaining. It's one of those books you start reading and hope it will get better, but never really does and then you fell like since you were so close, you might as well finish. I skimmed through a lot. I'm not going to read the third one.

Nya and her crew have been saving Takers, but then Trackers find Nya and her and her friends end up
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